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Climate Change Is Killing Coral On The Great Barrier Reef

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:46pm

The ecosystem has collapsed for 29 percent of the 3,863 reefs in the giant coral reef system, according to new research. Scientists are learning which corals are the "winners" and "losers."

(Image credit: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/ Gergely Torda)

How People Learned To Recognize Monkey Calls Reveals How We All Make Sense Of Sound

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:04pm

A brain imaging study of grown-ups hints at how children learn that "dog" and "fog" have different meanings, even though they sound so much alike.

(Image credit: Ilana Kohn/Getty Images)

Swarms Of Tiny Sea Creatures Are Powerful Enough To Mix Oceans, Study Finds

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:43pm

Each night, the organisms gather in a "vertical stampede" to feed at the ocean's surface. Research suggests the columns of swimming animals can create large downward jets that help churn the waters.

(Image credit: Isabel Houghton / J.R. Strickler /courtesy of Stanford / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

As Climate Costs Grow, Some See A Moneymaking Opportunity

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 3:25pm

Extreme weather cost Americans over $300 billion last year. Scientists say climate change will bring more of that. Entrepreneurs and businesses see a new market in gauging risk.

(Image credit: Frank Bajak/AP)

Welcome, 'Little One': Critically Endangered Gorilla Born At National Zoo

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:31am

He's named "Moke," which is a Lingala word meaning "little one." He's the first of his kind to be born at the National Zoo in nine years, perfect and wrinkly and clinging to his mother.

(Image credit: Roshan Patel/Smithsonian's National Zoo )

How Birds-To-Be Get Oxygen Inside Eggs

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 4:45am

Unlike humans, bird embryos don't have an oxygen pipeline from their mothers. They develop inside eggs in a nest. Skunk Bear's latest video explains why these pre-hatchlings don't suffocate.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR's Skunk Bear)

EPA Takes Toxic Site Flooded By Harvey Off Special Cleanup List

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 4:31pm

The EPA says the San Jacinto Waste Pits near Houston no longer needs Scott Pruitt's personal attention due to progress on a remediation plan. But the site is still years away from being cleaned up.

(Image credit: Rebecca Hersher/NPR)

Grocery Stores Get Mostly Mediocre Scores On Their Food Waste Efforts

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:13am

A new report, "Supermarkets Fail to Make the Grade in Reducing Food Waste," scores the 10 largest grocery stores on how they handle food waste. No store got an A, but Walmart got a B.

(Image credit: paul mansfield photography/Getty Images)

The Renewable Energy Movement Ramps Up In Red States

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 9:06am

Where might you find a city that uses only renewable energy? Try Texas.

(Image credit: Photo by Drew Anthony Smith for Smithsonian magazine)

Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients And Doctors

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 4:00am

High blood pressure can cause severe health problems, but some of the medications to control it have unpleasant side effects. A new drug test alerts doctors when patients aren't taking their meds.

(Image credit: Blake Farmer)

The Super-Hot Pepper That Sent A Man To The ER

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 3:56am

Carolina Reapers are some of the hottest peppers in the world. So hot, in fact, that for one man, participating in a pepper-eating contestant resulted in a painful, serious "thunderclap headache."

(Image credit: Maria Dattola Photography/Getty Images)

Get Ready For the Next Big Thing In NASA's Search For Earth's Twin

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 7:20am

NASA is launching a mission to find Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that scientists can study for signs of life. Scientists already know of over 3,000 planets around distant stars.

(Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Atlantic Ocean Current Slows Down To 1,000-Year Low, Studies Show

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 4:40pm

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation — the conveyor belt of the ocean — is slowing down. Scientists disagree about what's behind it, but say it could mean bad news for the climate.

(Image credit: David Goldman/AP)

Old Animal Specimens May Hold The Key To New Discoveries

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 3:23pm

A long-lost trove of preserved animal specimens recently turned up at a university in Georgia. Those old squirrels and muskrats could hold the answers to questions we haven't even thought to ask yet.

(Image credit: Grant Blankenship/Georgia Public Broadcasting)

Philadelphians Drink Less Sugary Soda, More Water, After Tax

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 1:06pm

A new study suggests that residents of Philadelphia are 40 percent less likely to drink sweetened beverages daily compared with people in cities that don't have a soda tax in place.

(Image credit: Matt Rourke/AP)

The True, The Real And The Beautiful: 7 Years Of 'Cosmos And Culture'

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:45am

Through science commentary, we created a place for exploration of deep, complex issues. There's a hunger in all of us for more than just facts — we hunger for meaning, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

(Image credit: NASA)

Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 9:14am

People responding to surveys sometimes misstate their drug use. Canada will check wastewater for traces of drugs to more accurately assess consumption.

(Image credit: Dan Burgard)

The Complex Code In A Potato Chip: Why We Love The Flavors We Do

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 7:00am

Much can affect our choice of munchies: gender, age, income and cultural preferences. And our cravings for one of the world's favorite salty snacks — with its myriad flavors — says a lot about us.

(Image credit: Maanvi Singh/for NPR)

After Deadly Storms, Agency Retires 4 Hurricane Names

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 4:10pm

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will no longer be on the U.N.'s official rotating list of storm names. The hurricanes killed hundreds of people and caused billions of dollars in damage.

(Image credit: NASA via AP)

Magnetic Fields Are A Big Predictor Of A Loggerhead Turtle's Genes

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 12:43pm

You might expect turtles that live near each other or in similar environments would be genetically similar. But new research shows that magnetic fields actually have more to do with genetic likeness.

(Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

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